Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

November 18, 2016 10:00 ET

Equitas Receives More Than $1 Million for Its Civic Engagement Model

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Nov. 18, 2016) - Department of Canadian Heritage

Marc Miller, Member of Parliament (Ville-Marie-Le Sud-Ouest-Île-des-Sœurs), today announced that the Government of Canada is providing funding of $1,036,856 to Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights Education, valid until 2018.

Equitas will use the funding to develop a civic engagement model that will include projects for youth across the country. Mr. Miller made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.


"This significant support is consistent with one of our government's priorities: to build an integrated, socially cohesive society by promoting civic memory and pride, as well as respect for our fundamental democratic values."

- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"I am very pleased to announce this support for Equitas. This funding will allow young Canadians to reach their full potential in our society, and to contribute to the quality of life of their community."

- Marc Miller, Member of Parliament (Ville-Marie-Le Sud-Ouest-Île-des-Sœurs)

Quick Facts

  • Equitas is a non-profit organization that works for the advancement of equality, social justice and respect for human dignity in Canada and around the world. Its human rights education programs have measurable effects and its methodology is known for its quality and innovation.
  • The funding was provided through the Government of Canada's Inter-Action Program.
  • Thanks to the funding, 60 organizations will be established to promote civic engagement among youth and encourage a dialogue about respect and diversity.
  • Around 6,000 young people, aged 15 to 24, will take part in the activities offered by the project. These include national-level training for employees and young leaders, the use of new electronic tools that give people a voice, the establishment of local networks in different regions, activities that are part of programs offered by partners, action projects in several communities, youth forums, follow-ups and evaluations, public engagement activities, and communication strategies.
  • Participants will gain knowledge about their rights and responsibilities as Canadians. They will also learn about the importance of cultural diversity and Canadian values such as respect, equality and acceptance. Through their work with decision makers and communities, they will acquire self-esteem, critical thinking skills and a sense of belonging.

Associated Links

Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights Education

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Contact Information

  • Pierre-Olivier Herbert
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage